West Ham United could land one of Manuel Pellegrini’s former targets for a bargain fee thanks to turmoil at Valencia.
This time last year West Ham were being linked with a move for Barcelona outcast Rafinha Alcantara (talkSPORT).
According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo Pellegrini was showing the ‘most interest’ in securing Rafinha’s services.
Declan Rice filled the defensive midfield role with aplomb instead.
But this summer West Ham are reportedly desperate for another quality defensive midfield operator before the window closes next week.
And Pellegrini could land Rafinha for a knockdown £13million if West Ham act fast.
The Brazilian was expected to seal a move to Valencia.
But after Los Che splashed the cash beating West Ham to the signing of Maxi Gomez they have been trying to reduce the price despite only being quoted £13million for the star by Barcelona (Diario Sport).
Valencia problems could play into West Ham’s hands
Since then Valencia have been thrown into chaos.
It comes as the boss who led Valencia back into the Champions League, Marcelino Garcia Toral, and the head of their recruitment, general manager Mateu Alemany, look set to walk out on the club.
Reputable Valencia-based journalist Hector Gomez reports that Garcia Toral wants to leave as he ‘does not trust others in the sporting direction should Alemany leave’.
Pellegrini should reignite interest
That could well spell the end of a move for Rafinha.
And that leaves the door open for the Hammers should they want to reignite their interest.
Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos have less than a week to make it happen.
The transfer window closes at 5pm next Thursday.